The primary causes have been identified as economic and political shifts that were taking place within the colonies. Colonies in the South were active business frontiers for the English monarchy and provided a large source of revenue to the monarchy in the form of taxes from various trades. The Stamp act was among some of the politically motivated actions that were an impediment to the prosperity and success of the traders in the colonies. The residents in the colonies protested legislations that were imposed by the monarchy resulting in widespread rebellion across the colonies. The assumed right to govern and to impose laws and collect taxes by the British resulted in a clash with the colonist merchants.
The Coercive Act, Intolerable Act and Tea Act were aimed at paralyzing trade at the Boston Port and as a means of maintaining control of trade and political activities in the colonies. The colonists and the British were set on different paths given that the legislation and economic activities within the colonies were influenced to benefit only the British. For instance, the British declared a separate identity as a means of alienating themselves from paying taxes while retaining control of political and economic activities within the colonies.
Riots and trade boycotts were the main forms of protests used by colonists as they sought to gain economic independence to conduct their business and gain control of commercial activities within their respective colonies. This was aimed at frustrating the imperial policies that led up to the resistance against the imposed authority of the English Parliament to claim taxes from colonists. The clash between the colonists and the imperial government was as a result of the assumed right to govern and to control business by the British acting on behalf of the imperial government.
The resulting outcomes were increased hostilities and tensions between the two factions, which led to the American independence over the British imperial government. Increased involvement and control by the imperial government was met by increased resistance from the colonies that would lead up to the American civil and subsequent independence of the American colonies from British rule.